Back to back wins this week in Gering and Gordon-Rushville were the third and fourth consecutive wins for Cardinals’ girls’ basketball team that is improving just in time.
The Chadron girls enjoyed their first winning record of the season after defeating the Gering Bulldogs 45-43 Friday night, and then extended their record to 8-6 the next night with a 45-40 victory over Gordon-Rushville.
Three Chadron girls, Dana Dunbar, Shea Bailey, and Peyton Underwood, were in double-digits, each scoring 11 points.
Dunbar and Bailey each hit a single three-pointer, and Bailey was a perfect four-for-four from the free throw line. Dunbar was Chadron’s most fouled player in the game and hit six of her 11 shots from the line.
In addition to being one of the Cardinals leading scorers, Underwood led the team with ten total rebounds, seven of them on defense. Her three offensive rebounds also led the team.
Junior Carstyn Hageman’s six defensive rebounds were second only to Underwood.
Against the Mustangs, the Cardinals’ girls got out to an early six-point lead and never really looked back, allowing only four Gordon-Rushville points by the end of the first quarter, then running out to a 21-14 lead at the end of the first half.
The Cards wouldn’t be nearly as dominant in the third quarter, allowing the Mustangs to pull the score within one on multiple occasions before eventually regaining a five point lead and ending the quarter 32-27.
The Mustangs were able to make a late game push, again pulling within a single point of the Cards on two occasions, but were unable to close the deal.
The night prior in Gering, the Cards had to fend off a late push by the Bulldogs after their 38-29 fourth quarter lead became a 38-38 tie after Gering’s Kelly Snelling hit three consecutive three-pointers.
The Bulldogs would pull ahead 40-38 before Chadron stopped the bleeding, going on a five-point streak to end the game 45-43 Cardinals.
Dunbar was the only Cardinal player to score in double-digits, providing a season high 18 points, her previous high of 16 was scored against Gering earlier this season.
During the team’s four game winning streak, Dunbar has scored 43 points, averaging just over 10 points per game.
Snelling of Gering hit four of seven attempted three-point shots in the contest and matched Dunbar’s 18 total points.
Next up for the Cardinals’ girls are the Sidney Raiders in a game played Friday night in Sidney. The team will then host the Douglas Patriots Saturday afternoon. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30pm.